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Straight-laced Princeton University admissions officer Portia Nathan lives by the book, both at work and at home. But Portia is caught off guard when she makes a recruiting visit to an alternative high school headed by her former college classmate, the freewheeling John Pressman. Pressman has surmised that Jeremiah, his gifted yet very unconventional student, might well be the son that Portia secretly gave up for adoption many years ago. Soon, Portia finds herself bending the rules for Jeremiah, putting at risk the life she thought she always wanted -- but in the process finding her way to a surprising and exhilarating life and romance she never dreamed of having.
Comedy - While overall a comedy, this film pairing Tina Fey and Paul Rudd has
more serious overtones than expected. Language and subject matter
make the film too mature for children, who would not be interested in
the first place.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 54 moviegoers:
TEENS:Two of the three males loved "Admission." Half the females loved it with another quarter rating it above average, which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. The remaining quarter rated it average to below average.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The one male rated it above average. Two females loved "Admission," but the other three weren't real impressed. They only rated it "Good/Average."
ADULTS:The male and female reviews are very similar. They are very good but not quite great. Only about a third loved it. Most of the rest rated it as an above average movie they enjoyed very much. The remaining few only rated it an average to below average movie.
Every spring, high school seniors anxiously await letters of college admission that will affirm and encourage their potential. At Princeton University, admissions officer Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) is a gatekeeper evaluating thousands of applicants. Year in and year out, Portia has lived her life by the book, at work as well as at the home she shares with Princeton professor Mark (Michael Sheen). When Clarence (Wallace Shawn), the Dean of Admissions, announces his impending retirement, the likeliest candidates to succeed him are Portia and her office rival Corinne (Gloria Reuben). For Portia, however, it's business as usual as she hits the road on her annual recruiting trip.
On the road, Portia reconnects with her iconoclastic mother, Susannah (Lily Tomlin). On her visit to New Quest, an alternative high school, she then reconnects with her former college classmate, idealistic teacher John Pressman (Paul Rudd) -- who has recently surmised that Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), a gifted yet very unconventional New Quest student, might well be the son that Portia secretly gave up for adoption years ago while at school. Jeremiah is about to apply to Princeton.
Now Portia must re-evaluate her personal and professional existences, as she finds herself bending the admissions rules for Jeremiah, putting at risk the future she thought she always wanted -- and in the process finding her way to a surprising and exhilarating life and romance she never dreamed of having.